Bye, Bye Black & White. Hello, Classic-Contemporary!

by, Alexandra Mottershead

Photos by Katelyn James Photography (top left), Brandon Chesbro Photography (top right), Kate Harrison Photography (bottom left), Modern Weddings Hawaii (bottom middle), and Ester Louise Photography (bottom right)

Photos by Katelyn James Photography (top left), Brandon Chesbro Photography (top right), Kate Harrison Photography (bottom left), Modern Weddings Hawaii (bottom middle), and Ester Louise Photography (bottom right)

The contemporary trend for mixed styles and colors for the bridal party has finally met its match!  Today’s groomsmen have upped their style game and broken the traditional black-and-white tuxedo mold.  We’re now seeing more and more colors, fabrics, and personality walk down the aisle.  The key to successfully grabbing hold of this new trend is be yourself and have a little fun, gentlemen.

What we’re seeing is a new classic-contemporary look on men and boys for weddings.  Just as women have been fitted in different types of dresses in the same colors, men have now been turning that concept around- just for their ties instead.  The tie, or bowtie, is just a small yet cohesive piece for men’s wedding attire.  Whether or not you are still in love with the traditional black tux, a pop of color with the tie is a nice twist on an old classic.  Select the same tie for the entirety of the grooms party or change it up and choose a variety of prints and colors that all mesh beautifully with your wedding’s overall color scheme.  Either way, men, you’ll look dashing.

Another fun way to replace that traditional black and white is to replace the entire outfit!  Men are now going down the aisle without the suit jacket, but with suspenders.  They’re getting rid of the dress shoe and instead pairing cowboy boots with plaid or gingham print shirts (and maybe even a cowboy hat if that’s appropriate for your particular wedding)!  Maybe try throwing on another layer for a winter wedding and experimenting with sweater vests.  The possibilities are really endless now. 

The one key to really nailing this new trend is to make sure that you still look put together and clean.   Self-expression is most welcome, but the entire outfit should not be frumpy or too over the top.  Make sure everything is pressed and ironed; make sure it fits properly; and make sure that the entire ensemble, men and women included, creates a cohesive look that matches your wedding style.  Once you can check all those off, you’ll be walking down the aisle in style.